The apex court asked government to frame a law to regulate the retirement benefit.
Observing that a plethora of instructions issued by the central government on granting pension created confusion among retired government officials, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked it to frame a law to regulate the retirement benefit.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the government had no clarity on how to fix the pensions amount and retired officials had to suffer. The apex court passed the remarks while deciding the plea of a retired railway employee who is fighting a legal battle 27 years after his retirement on fixation of his pension amount.
The Supreme Court finally decided against the retired official but asked the central government to take steps to prevent pensions woes of retired officials.
“We recommend to the department of personnel and training of the government of India to try and make life after retirement easier for a government servant by having appropriate legislation enacted by Parliament or applicable pensions rule rather than a ‘khichdi’ of instructions, office memoranda, clarifications, corrigenda and so on and so forth,” said the apex court bench.